House Rep. wants to ban ‘violent video games,’ like GTA 5, in Illinois

An Illinois legislator is trying to ban the sale of all violent video video games within the state, in response to amendments that might alter a 2012 regulation, which presently retains retailers from promoting sure violent video games to minors. The paperwork have been filed on Friday by Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr. in response to a rise in carjackings and violent crime in Chicago.

Home Invoice 3531 would stop the sale of all “violent video games” within the state. As outlined within the invoice, a violent online game is described as one which “allows a user or player to control a character within the video game that is encouraged to perpetuate human-on-human violence in which the player kills or otherwise causes serious physical or psychological harm to another human or an animal.”

Elsewhere within the amendments, legislators look to vary the definition of “serious physical harm” to incorporate carjacking, amongst different issues. Charges of carjacking have elevated throughout Chicago, with 218 incidents reported to police in January, in response to the Chicago Solar-Occasions. “The bill would prohibit the sale of some of these games that promote the activities that we’re suffering from in our communities,” Evans advised the Solar-Occasions.

A $1,000 effective was proposed for those who promote or hire a violent online game.

The invoice will definitely face scrutiny. In 2011, the Supreme Courtroom mentioned that California legislators couldn’t ban the sale of violent video video games to minors — that video video games qualify as free speech, as The Verge reported on the time.

“Like the protected books, plays, and movies that preceded them, video games communicate ideas — and even social messages — through many familiar literary devices (such as characters, dialogue, plot, and music) and through features distinctive to the medium (such as the player’s interaction with the virtual world),” Supreme Courtroom Justice Scalia wrote. “That suffices to confer First Amendment protection.”

In 2020, the American Psychological Affiliation reported there’s little scientific proof that helps a “casual link between violent video games and violent behavior.”

“Violence is a complex social problem that likely stems from many factors that warrant attention from researchers, policymakers and the public,” APA president Sandra L. Shullman wrote within the report. “Attributing violence to video gaming is not scientifically sound and draws attention away from other factors, such as a history of violence, which we know from the research is a major predictor of future violence.”

Nevertheless, the APA did counsel there was a “small, reliable association” with elevated aggression, like “yelling and pushing,” however that these aggressions don’t “extend to more violent outcomes.” These are related findings to a world research printed in 2018.

Jobber Wiki writer Frank Lengthy added to this report.